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Lonesome Troubadour

GingerDog Records

Lonesome Troubadour

£8.00

Produced by Mark Heard in 1991
Lyrics and music - Garth Hewitt
Garth Hewitt - Acoustic Guitar / Dobro / Harmonica / Vocals
Glen Holmen - Bass
Doug Matthews - Drums
Mark Heard - Electric Guitar / Dulcimer / Accordion / Mandolin / Hammond / Autoharp / Backing Vocals
Byron Berline - Fiddle
David Baker - Percussion
Pam Dwinell - Backing Vocals
Randy Stonehill - Backing Vocals

I actually found this album, by one of British CCM’s founding fathers, refreshing in many ways. You won’t find any navel-gazing laments about this songwriter’s spiritual struggle here; rather the songs focus on the plight of those around the world not usually the subject of love songs – the dispos­sessed, the rubbish-tip scavengers, the street children of Brazil, the Palestinians denied human rights. Recording the album in America with multi-talented Mark Heard in the producer’s seat was a good move. He also contributes guitar, dulcimer-guitar, accordion, mandolin and autoharp which together with Byron Berline’s fiddle and Hewitt’s Dylanesque vocals and harmonica interjec­tions give the whole thing a feel of Desire-era Zimmerman, which can’t be bad. Lyrically, the album is a consistent plea for justice and for Christians to take to heart the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40. In this age of health and wealth teaching and charismatic empire-building, when so many in the church seem to think that “politics” is a dirty word, the re­minder is much needed. If sometimes he misses the mark in his attempt to express so much suffering and need in the restrictive confines of a song-structure I’m glad at least here’s someone out there trying. - James Attlee for Cross Rhythms


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